September 2012 Update

In September we were on sabbatical. I went to my home town Sochi  and didn’t recognize it after 3 years: new condominiums, new supermarkets and new highways. It is so different today. I visited Olympic complexes both in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana, as Sochi will be hosting Winter Olympic Games in 2014. See my Born to Wonder blog for more pictures and read the article about Sochi.Sochi0

To me happiness is several things: being in good health, working on what I like to do and being with people I love. So visiting my parents in my hometown and spending time with them is my happiness. I walked the streets of Sochi, visited my school, kindergarten, dacha, went to the beach, to Sochi quay, and saw other attractions with my parents. Everything is familiar and feels home. I walked the pedestrian forest walk on Bytkha, checked out Trade Gallery and many other places dear to my heart.

I took a lot of pictures of the places I grew up around. I bumped into two of my classmates: Vladimir from my high school and Sergey from Sochi State University. The former is a policeman on Bytkha and the later works at the digital store where dad and I bought flashdrives. I also saw a former “bandit” from Bytkha at the concert by the Sea Port. There was a rumor he was a member of agang. Back then we were all afraid of him, today he looked small and skinny and not frightening at all. Things change, and that is the part of life. Things I was afraid of changed and I changed. But I still find things I love even when they don’t exist anymore.

Growing up I was afraid of being imprisoned in Sochi, even

though it is a beautiful city (“The City of the Future”) and has a great climate similar to that of California (sub tropical with palm trees everywhere). It is the most beautiful resort in Russia with lush vegetation, clean streets and Black Sea Coast for many miles. And yet, I wanted to see the world, to do something I was not able to do in Sochi. A friend of mine asked: “Why would you want to leave paradise?” Because I cou

ldn’t create there. But in the end, “the treasure is where our heart is” as Paolo Coelho said.

Here are more quotes from “The Alchemist” by Paolo Coelho:

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.”

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked.
“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.”

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”

“making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.”

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”

“But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.”

See more Paolo Coelho quotes.

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